Williams (hamstring) carried 41 times for 141 yards (3.4 YPC) and caught 15 of 19 targets for 167 yards across 12 games before the Chiefs placed him on injured reserve in December. Prior to being shut down with the hamstring issue, Williams had shown improvement in his second professional season, taking on a greater role on passing downs while also seeing action on special teams. Williams should be fully recovered from the hamstring issue by the time training camp arrives, putting him on track to enter the final season of his rookie deal in optimal health. He'll likely return to a similar depth role in the backfield in 2020, as both Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson remain under contract.
Williams (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs on Thursday. Williams had already been considered doubtful to play in Week 14, which was confirmed by his absence from the practice field Wednesday. Now that he's on IR, and with Damien Williams dealing with a rib injury, the Chiefs' top healthy backs are currently LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware.
Williams (hamstring) isn't practicing Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. Williams is trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's tilt against the Patriots. He would likely need to resume practicing in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a legitimate chance of playing Week 14, and his expected absence likely factored into the Chiefs' decision to sign Spencer Ware for extra backfield depth Tuesday. With Damien Williams (ribs) also not practicing to begin the week, the Chiefs could enter the matchup with New England with only LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Ware on hand at running back.
Williams suffered a hamstring injury Sunday against the Raiders. This had the look of an injury that will probably end the running back's day. With Damien Williams (ribs) already out this week, the Chiefs' Week 13 backfield is now down to LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson. Darrel Williams finishes the game with 13 rushing yards on six carries and a three-yard touchdown on his lone catch.
Williams rushed 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Chargers. He also caught two of three targets for eight yards. Williams was forced into a larger role after Damien Williams was ruled out with a rib injury suffered during the first half, while LeSean McCoy left in the second half with a head injury. Patrick Mahomes actually led the team with 59 rushing yards, though nobody carried the ball more than Williams, who also punched in a six-yard touchdown. With the Chiefs now entering their bye week, McCoy and Damien Williams will have extra time to get healthy, but Darrel could be the beneficiary if they remain banged up heading into Week 13's game versus the Raiders.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|4||10/04||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|5||10/11||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/01||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|11||11/23||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|12||11/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|15||12/20||@New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|17||01/03||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||27||92||2||9||97||1||36|